Jared James Nichols is a relatively unknown quantity in the UK, but not for long.
25-year-old Jared James Nichols was recently given the stamp of approval from the voice of rock himself, Glenn Hughes, who is set to accompany him as special guest on his upcoming UK tour. The LA based singer-songwriter and guitar virtuoso recently released his debut album Old Glory and The Wild Revival, and boy does it pack a punch.
The album has a musical landscape that appeals to a broad spectrum of rock and blues fans alike. Full to the brim with captivating solos, Nichols is channeling the likes of Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan throughout with some passionate playing. He has a great appreciation of space, some nice crunchy guitar riffs, and superb tone. He is joined by a powerful rhythm section of Erik Sandin on bass and Dennis Holm on drums who prove to be the perfect foil for Nichols’ guitar mastery.
With Old Grey and The Wild Revival listeners get catchy hard-rocking numbers such as “Blackfoot,” “Crazy,” and the stand out track “Haywire” sitting comfortably alongside slower heartfelt numbers like “Let You Go” and “All Your Pain.” There are also elements of more traditional Delta blues and slide guitar play on the excellent song “Come in My Kitchen.”
Having toured with the likes of Lynyrd Skynard, and even having been invited to join them onstage to perform “Sweet Home Alabama” it is of no surprise that fans can hear Nichols’ southern rock influence throughout the album, particularly on the track “Sometimes.”
The album also contains bonus tracks “You Won’t Last” and “Playin’ For Keeps” recorded at the legendary Viper Room in LA, which give a little taste of what’s to come when Nichols hits the road in the UK later this year.
All in all it is a great first album from the Wisconsin born guitar singer. Fans can look forward to more of what is to come from the rising star in the blues rock world.